This is simple. We love these songs. You should listen and tell us what you think of them.
Let me also point out that this is not necessarily focused on new songs. Just what we’ve been listening to and loving this week.
King Bee – ‘Megamouth’
This should be called ‘pure filth’. The song, from Brighton stoner/sludge duo King Bee, is just the naughtiest, dirtiest, most down and out track we’ve heard all week. Sabbath riffs, Buzz Osborne vocals, and seriously stoned vibe, the track is one that pummels with one hand while giving a generous reach around with the other. Brighton rocks.
Dressed Like Wolves – ‘Tiny Idles’
Lo-fi indie pop punk/rock can get a bit samey to be fair. Luckily, Dressed Like Wolves offset this by imbuing their songs with more emotions than you can shake a big stick at. Fuzzy, major chords, twee vocals, and lots of heart are what bring Dressed Like Wolves above their peers. I want to be friends with them and go for beers and a kebab. That is all.
Jacco Wynia – ‘La Tête Haute’
Normally I go in for the most maudlin and morose of piano led neo-classical music. This time I’ve got something with a touch more hope. Now, this track, from Dutch composter Jacco Wynia, is not exactly pop music, but is a lot more positive and major key based than, say, the likes of Olafur Arnalds. Taken from his debut album Miramare (apparently that means ‘sea view’ more or less), the track is one imbued with a gently soaring quality of a bird in gentle flight on a spring afternoon. It’s a gem.
AWMA – ‘Sterling Hayden and the Great Nobility’
Sterling Hayden was an American actor who starred in such classics as Dr. Strangelove and The Long Goodbye. No idea what that has to do with this experimental rock/post-rock jam from trio AWMA. Regardless, the song is a trippy and hypnotic adventure that eschews convention to craft a sound that sits somewhere between the unpredictability of a jam band and the careful consideration of the best post-rock groups. This one has a mantra like quality that imbues the track with a religious vibe that is equally endearing and unnerving. The outfit features ex-members of the San Francisco-based slow-core outfit Half Film. Which is nice.
Elskavon – ‘Syna’
Last but not least is some droney stuff from American composer/producer Elskavon. That’s Chris to his mother. Apparently ‘Elska’ means ‘love’ and ‘von’ means ‘hope’. Which is a lovely sentiment. The music he creates is equally hopeful. But in that melancholic way. It’s a vibe that suggests “I’ve been hurt before but, fuck it, let’s give it another shot.” Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all be so brave?